Asia

India's SECI in new solar auction drive as green energy target beckons
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has introduced tenders for 1.2GW of PV projects and 1.2GW of solar-wind hybrid projects on 5 December.
Dec 10, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, India, SECI, tender, solar pv, NTPC, Asia, solar-plus-wind
Israel scientists find new way to keep dust off solar panels
Inspired by the lotus effect, scientists from Negev-based BGU have examined mechanisms and forces that may be improved to keep dust off solar cells for higher performance. The innovative technology allows removing 98% of the dust amount from panel surface.
Dec 10, 2019 // Technology, Solar Panels, Asia, Israel, PV cell, BGU
Chinese researchers study gas release when combusting PET-laminated thin-film solar panels
A group of researchers from the Chinese national research institute has examined the way flexible thin-film solar modules with PET-lamination behave when burnt. The findings show that, in the process of combustion, the device releases such toxic emissions as HCN, hydrofluoric acid, SO2 and some VOCs.
Dec 10, 2019 // Technology, China, Asia, solar modules, thin-film, flexible, SKLFS
BYD declares new inverters "Battery-Box Premium" line
Chinese firm BYD Co. Ltd. intends to establish the "Battery Box Premium" line, the next generation of its own Battery Box, at the first quarter of 2020.
Dec 9, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Inverters, China, Asia, BYD
Ambitious 1 GW agrivoltaic livestock farming project declared in Malaysia
The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute is planning a huge solar energy project which will integrate agriculture and livestock farming in the Sabah region. The research institute claims to have secured $50 million for the project's initial, 200 MW phase. The 25,000ha needed for the projects will host up to 150,000 cattle in addition to cultivation of forage crops like kenaf, corn, hay and wheat.
Dec 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Malaysia, JA Solar, Asia, Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute, NET Kovina Co, Ltd, Max Legacy Sdn Bhd, Datuk Darell
India holds a tender for hybrid and photovoltaic projects, with 1.2 gigawatts of capacity each
Indian SECI is going to conclude 25-year-valid PPAs for solar and hybrid ventures. The developers can choose where in India the facilities will be built, owned and operated.
Dec 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, India, SECI, Asia
Walkable solar pavement
A research group from China has developed a solar floor tile for pedestrians’ and cyclists’ paths. The innovation has been piloted on Hong Kong-based Green Deck. The walkable tile is claimed durable, heat-resistant, nonslip and conversion efficient.
Dec 9, 2019 // BIPV, Technology, China, Asia, PV tile
Rajasthan Invites Applications to Lease Land for Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program
The government is aiming to set up 10,000 MW of decentralized solar projects under Component -A of the program
Dec 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, India, Asia, Rajasthan, KUSUM, RREC
A2A to obtain 1 gigawatt solar pipeline from Chinese Talesun
The Italy-based energy company is going to purchase the photovoltaic development pipeline for an undisclosed amount using a subcompany. The purchaser has pledged to begin constructing its first large unsubsidized photovoltaic plant in the first months of the coming year.
Dec 6, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Markets & Finance News, Italy, China, PV plant, pv modules, Europe, Asia, pipeline, Talesun, A2A Renewables
Collaboration for 20 percent efficient CIGS solar modules
European solar panel makers have combined efforts with research centers to developed improved procedures for CIGS manufacturing. The venture codenamed SUCCESS aims at production line efficiency exceeding 20 percent for modules sized 30 cm x 30 cm
Dec 6, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, France, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, solar cell, Netherlands, HZB, CIGS, SMIT, Solar Frontier, flexible module, Solliance, IMN
Indonesia develops local e-vehicle sector
A presidential decree has created a number of incentive programs for EV production with local component requirements rising over the years.
Dec 5, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, Policy, Transport, Asia, Indonesia, e-vehicle sector
BYD to introduce next-generation Battery-Box in 2020
The Chinese manufacturer has also announced plans for a tenfold production capacity increase, as it wants to cater to all project sizes with two versions of its high-voltage storage system.
Dec 5, 2019 // Storage, China, Asia, BYD
LONGi signs a significant deal with Adani for PV module sales throughout next year
LONGi Solar, member of the so called super league of solar module suppliers, has concluded a sale and purchase contract with Indian Adani Green Energy to provide around 1.2 thousand megawatts of its highly efficient p-Type mono solar panels throughout the year to come.
Dec 4, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, India, China, pv power plants, c-si manufacturing, Asia, longi solar, monocrystalline wafer, Adani Green Energy
Innovative material to boost performance of photovoltaic cells
A group of scientists from the Korean IBS, in collaboration with the Netherlands-based UvA, has created a new 2D material with atomic layer thickness, which offers super high energy conversion efficiency.
Dec 4, 2019 // Technology, Europe, Asia, Korea, Netherlands, PV cells, flexible PV, IBS
NICE Solar Energy & Manz set CIGS thin-film solar module efficiency record at 17.6%
The new total area efficiency record has been confirmed by TÜV Rheinland on a module surface area of 120 x 60 centimeters, using Manz production equipment at the NICE Solar Energy R&D facility in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany.
Dec 4, 2019 // Technology, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, CIGS thin film, Manz AG, nice solar energy co, pv celltech